Hate my old router - Get rid of it or use it for something else?

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Forum topic by baglock1 posted 08-26-2014 02:31 PM 1304 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2014 02:31 PM

I’m just getting back into woodworking after a several year hiatus. I sold my old tablesaw when I moved from Florida (about 3 yrs ago) and just picked up a Delta 36-725 and have fallen in love with it. So far, it’s been a great little saw for the money. It runs circles around the Craftsman in every category and has none of the little issues that made me dread dragging the old one out (namely, not being able to adequately adjust it to cut anything square).

The Delta has rekindled my interest in woodworking and I’ve started digging all my stuff out from under the bench… including my old router and table. It’s a Craftsman Professional model and while not particularly terrible, it had some little nitnoid issues that drove me nuts. By far, was the difficulty in adjusting depth. It uses a ring that you turn to change the depth in 1/64” increments with one full revolution of the ring totaling 1/4”. It’s difficult to adjust while under the table and changing bits takes forever as you have to raise it all the way up to get a wrench on it (1/64” at a time). I was constantly busting my knuckles on it and don’t particularly relish the idea of dealing with it anymore. Additionally, the fence is garbage and the miter rails are as sloppy as a 3-year old with a fudgecicle. I have no desire to use it anymore and thus, I believe it will keep me from actually wanting to go out in the shop.

Thus, I’m in the market for something new and my research has shown all sorts of options that will fit the bill. Details aren’t decided on yet, but I’m looking at a system with a through the table depth adjustment, decent fence, cupholder, heated table (keep my hands warm), etc…

So my question really is, what should I do with the old router and table? It looks like I could get ~$40 for it but I can’t help but think I should toss the table in the trash and hold onto the router for something, like a dedicated tool of some sort (insert a 1/2” flush trim in it and leave it, make a mortising rig with it, etc).

Any suggestions?

Here’s the router:

-- --- Dan

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 02:55 PM

I used to have a small Black & Decker router with a ring like that for adjusting height. It was a pain to adjust and one turn wasn’t always exactly 1/64”. The only reason I kept it was because I couldn’t kill it. It could only use 1/4” bits but it would work through 5/4 red oak and never blink an eye.
To answer your question I have a couple of smaller routers that are single use. For example I have one that only holds a 1/4” roundover bit. Another has a dovetail bit I use for my dovetail making jig. It’s useful to have a tool where I don’t have to constantly make adjustments.

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 03:07 PM

Keep it for smaller hand work that is dedicated to a 1/2” dado or something like that. Maybe for shelf pin holes with a 1/4” spiral down cut bit.

As far as what to get new, I would suggest looking in “my projects” for router table ideas.

P.S. Great table saw, by the way. I have one very similar and see no reason to upgrade the table itself. I do plan on getting a longer fence for larger panel cuts. The Incra TS LS Fence System is what I am leaning toward, once I move and have more room.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 03:14 PM

Keep it and use it with a dedicated bit in it. I have 8 routers and several of them have dedicated bits for convenience of frequent use.
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#4 posted 08-26-2014 04:06 PM

You can never have too many routers; dedicated use, then chuck it when it dies.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 08-26-2014 06:10 PM

I’d probably donate it to the local habitat restore.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#6 posted 08-26-2014 06:32 PM

I would get a modern combo kit in the 2+ hp neighborhood. My favorite is the Dewalt 618. Lately I have been using the Dewalt 611 for handheld work, and it works great. A variable speed motor, and a good edge guide are two features I wouldn’t be without.
For the table my favorite is the Freud FT1700, however they don’t make it anymore.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#7 posted 08-26-2014 06:52 PM

Hmmm, okay that’s wierd. I posted this about a week and a half ago, could never find any indication it actually posted, decided to figure it out “later,” and now it pops saying I posted it ~4 hrs ago… Maybe a new member spam control process…?

In any event, the timing is interesting since as of last night, it’s a non-issue. While cutting some box joints in pine, the magic smoke came out of it. So now the topic is, what router should I get? :)

I was actually researching that very question on here last night and decided that I’m not messing around with it this time. 90% of my router work is straight cuts (box joints, rabbets, etc) so I’m going to invest in a decent dado for the time being and save up my pennies. The result will be a router lift (leaning towards the Incra), new table (leaning towards a cast iron table integrated into my tablesaw), and new router that will fit in the lift (to be determined).

I don’t do enough router work to really justify the cost, but this will address all of my major issues with router work in general (clunky height adjustment, under table tool changes, poor precision) and hopefully I’ll start getting back to the point where I go into the shop because I WANT to make something instead of NEEDING to make something.

Unfortunately, the shop vac sounds like a dying Wookie so it’s also on it’s way out. That will be first, followed by dado, followed by router setup. Again, thanks for the inputs.

-- --- Dan

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